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Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris

Worldwide Jones Act, Offshore & Maritime Injury Attorneys


Worldwide Jones Act attorneys and Maritime lawyers with over 100 years combined experience in Maritime Personal Injury Cases and Jones Act Seamen Claims. We also handle Houston Auto Accidents, Texas Truck Accidents, Houston Motorcycle Accidents and Texas Construction Injuries and Refinery Explosion cases. We have handled FELA cases nationwide for over 45 years, representing railroad workers injured on the job. The lawyers of SMSH are prepared to help you win your case. In order to better serve our clients we also offer services in Spanish (Espanol).


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Serious Experience Representing Victims and Their Families Hurt in Maritime Disasters

SMSH has represented thousands of seamen, longshoremen, and other maritime workers, and has received outstanding recoveries for clients. SMSH has always been a strong advocate for maritime personal injury victims and the families of those who are killed while working in service of a vessel. Our concern is for the safety of those involved and helping their families find out the whereabouts and conditions of their loved ones. We have obtained multi-million dollar settlements for injured seamen and their families. The team of Jones Act attorneys and maritime lawyers at SMSH has over 100 years of combined trial experience.


SMSH represented workers and their families in the following disasters:

Deepwater Horizon Disaster

M/V Jillian Morrison Explosion

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. Barge B No. 125 Explosion

British Petroleum Texas City Refinery Explosion

Phillips 66 Refinery Explosion


Though Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. is based in Texas we handle personal injury cases throughout the United States and in many cases, all over the world. We handle cases in: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.


Our extensive experience in personal injury law allows us to tackle the most serious cases. SMSH focuses on the following areas:

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Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 14 reviews

"Matt is a World Class lawyer and the results in my case have allowed me to live in the same high standard I did when I was working. Matt traveled to California too many times to count and despite the flights and headache of travel, Matt always brought his A game. We faced repeated negotiation attempts which seemed many times to be a joke and would have broke lessor men. Failure was not an option for Matt. Matt also has very friendly staff that saw to my needs for various deposition and made sure I had a Hotel room, I only had to show up. Matt also worked with me so that I could give my deposition with ease and how to avoid pitfalls and traps the opposing lawyers would try to set. Today when anyone I know has need of an injury attorney I refer them to Matt because he has the tools and experience you need. When your hurt you need a pro to help you advance and preserve your case. I have worked with many lawyers in the past and Matt is the only one who stands out from the crowd, always ready and aggressive. My employer took me aside at one point and told me that they were very impressed with how Matt was handling my case. That is coming from a World Class company and a great compliment. "
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"What can I say about Dennis other than he is an amazing attorney. He really helped me and my family out when I was hurt while working. I owe him a lot of thanks!
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"I will be telling all my family and friends about Mr. Harris. The best thing i can say is he always keep me informed. I could always call and get an answer. Mr. Harris took the time to make sure i understood exactly how long the process would take and what to exspect. Mr. Harris is a family man like myself and knows how important it is to make sure my family was well taken care of. Again thank you Mr. Harris for all your exspert advice.
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"Mr. Rosenfeld is a great attorney. He always kept me informed of my case's status and was available to talk or meet when I needed to. I had a great result from my auto accident lawsuit.
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